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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER
18 in. – UT13218
20 in. – UT13220
Your lawn mower has been engineered and manufactured to our high standard for dependability, ease of operation, and
operator safety. Properly cared for, it will give you years of rugged, trouble-free performance.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the operator’s manual before
using this product.
Thank you for your purchase.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................... 2
 General Safety Rules .....................................................................................................................................................3-4
 Specific Safety Rules ....................................................................................................................................................... 4
 Symbols ........................................................................................................................................................................5-6
 Electrical ........................................................................................................................................................................... 7
 Features.........................................................................................................................................................................8-9
 Assembly .....................................................................................................................................................................9-11
 Operation...................................................................................................................................................................12-13
 Maintenance ..............................................................................................................................................................14-16
 Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................................................................. 17
 Exploded View/Parts List ..........................................................................................................................................18-19
 Warranty ......................................................................................................................................................................... 20
 Parts Ordering / Service ....................................................................................................................................Back Page
INTRODUCTION
This product has many features for making its use more pleasant and enjoyable. Safety, performance, and dependability
have been given top priority in the design of this product making it easy to maintain and operate.
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GENERAL SAFETY RULES
 Use the right appliance. Do not use the lawn mower for
any job except that for which it is intended.
WARNING:
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
Failure to follow all instructions listed below and on the
machine may result in electric shock, fire, and/or serious
personal injury.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
 This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and
feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe all safety
instructions could result in serious injury or death.
 Do not use the lawn mower in damp or wet conditions or
operate in the rain.
 Never allow adults to operate the product without proper
instruction.
 Keep the area clear of all bystanders, children, and pets
while mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
 Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to
the presence of children. Children are often attracted to
the machine and the mowing activity. Never assume that
children will remain where you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the mowing area and under the
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the
operator.
• Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
• Never allow children to operate the machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs,
trees, or other objects that may block your view of a
child.
 Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught
in moving parts. Use of rubber gloves and footwear is
recommended when working outdoors.
 Keep firm footing and balance. Do not overreach. Overreaching can result in loss of balance.
 Do not operate the equipment while barefoot or when
wearing sandals or similar lightweight footwear. Wear
protective footwear that will protect your feet and improve
your footing on slippery surfaces.
 Do not leave the mower unattended while running.
 Keep hands and feet away from cutting area. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
 Operate the lawn mower only in daylight or good artificial
light.
 Always wear safety glasses with side shields. Everyday
glasses have only impact resistant lenses. They are NOT
safety glasses. Following this rule will reduce the risk of
eye injury. Use face mask if operation is dusty.
 Wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked to comply
with ANSI Z87.1 standard when operating this product.
 Do not force the lawn mower. It will do the job better and
safer at the rate for which it was designed.
 Stay alert, watch what you are doing, and use common
sense when operating the lawn mower. Do not operate
the mower while tired or under the influence of drugs,
alcohol, or medication. A moment of inattention while
operating the lawn mower may result in serious personal
injury.
 Keep machine in good working condition. Keep blades
sharp and guards in place and in working order.
 Check all nuts, bolts, and screws at frequent intervals
for proper tightness to be sure the equipment is in safe
working condition.
 Stop the motor and wait until the blade comes to a complete stop before cleaning the lawn mower, removing the
grass catcher, or unclogging the discharge guard.
 When not in use, mower should be stored indoors in a
dry, locked up place—out of the reach of children.
 To reduce the risk of electric shock, this product has a
polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other) and will
require the use of a polarized extension cord. The plug
will fit into a polarized extension cord only one way. If the
plug does not fit fully into the extension cord, reverse the
plug. If the plug still does not fit, obtain a correct polarized
extension cord. A polarized extension cord will require
the use of a polarized wall outlet. This plug will fit into the
polarized wall outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit
fully into the wall outlet, reverse the plug. If the plug still
does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the
proper wall outlet. Do not change the equipment plug,
extension cord receptacle, or extension cord plug in any
way.
 Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord to pull the
lawn mower or to disconnect the plug from an outlet.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges, or moving
parts. Replace damaged cords immediately. Damaged
cords increase the risk of electric shock.
 Make sure your extension cord is in good condition.
When using an extension cord, be sure to use one heavy
enough to carry the current your product will draw. A wire
gauge size (A.W.G.) of at least 14 is recommended for an
extension cord 50 feet or less in length. If in doubt, use the
next heavier gauge. The smaller the gauge number, the
heavier the cord. An undersized cord will cause a drop in
line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating.
 WARNING: Use outdoor extension cords marked SW-A,
SOW-A, STW-A, STOW-A, SJW-A, SJTW-A, or SJTOWA.
These cords are rated for outdoor use and reduce the risk
of electric shock.
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GENERAL SAFETY RULES
 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection should
be provided on the circuit(s) or outlet(s) to be used for
the lawn mower. Receptacles are available having builtin GFCI protection and may be used for this measure of
safety.
 Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if
damaged. Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil or
grease.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
 Do not operate the mower without the entire grass catcher, discharge guard, rear guard, or other safety protective
devices in place and working.
 Follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper operation
and installation of accessories. Only use accessories
approved by the manufacturer.
 Clear the work area before each use. Remove all objects
such as rocks, sticks, wire, bones, toys, or other objects
which can be thrown by the blade. Stay behind the handle
when the motor is running.
 Avoid holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects.
Uneven terrain could cause a slip and fall accident.
 Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments.
 Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down.
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
 Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders, and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction,
which may cause the material to ricochet back toward
the operator.
 Do not mow on wet grass or excessively steep slopes.
Poor footing could cause a slip and fall accident. Walk,
never run.
 Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs,
trees, or other objects that may block your view.
 Do not pull the mower backward unless absolutely necessary. If you must back the mower away from a wall or
obstruction, first look down and behind to avoid tripping.
 Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid
discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blade
when crossing gravel surfaces.
 Objects struck by the lawn mower blade can cause
severe injuries to persons. The lawn should always be
carefully examined and cleared of all objects prior to each
mowing.
 If the lawn mower strikes a foreign object, follow these
steps:
• Stop the lawn mower and release the switch control
lever.
• Disconnect the power cord.
• Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage.
• Repair any damage before restarting and continuing to
operate the mower.
 Stop the motor, disconnect the power cord, and wait until
the blade comes to a complete stop before removing the
grass catcher or unclogging the chute. The cutting blade
continues to rotate for a few seconds after the motor is
shut off. Never place any part of the body in the blade
area until you are sure the blade has stopped rotating.
 Disconnect the plug from power source before making
any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing the
lawn mower. Such preventive safety measures reduce
the risk of starting the product accidentally.
 If the mower should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
motor and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is
generally a warning of trouble.
 Service on the product must be performed by qualified
repair personnel only. Service or maintenance performed
by unqualified personnel could result in injury to the user
or damage to the product.
 Use only identical replacement parts when servicing the
product. Use of unauthorized parts may create a risk of
serious injury to the user, or damage to the product.
 If the power supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced
only by the manufacturer or by an authorized service
center to avoid risk.
 Save these instructions. Refer to them frequently and
use them to instruct others who may use this product. If
you loan someone this tool, loan them these instructions
also.
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SYMBOLS
Some of the following symbols may be used on this product. Please study them and learn their meaning. Proper
interpretation of these symbols will allow you to operate the product better and safer.
SYMBOL
NAME
DESIGNATION/EXPLANATION
V
Volts
Voltage
A
Amperes
Current
Hz
Hertz
Frequency (cycles per second)
W
Watt
Power
hrs
Hours
Time
Class II Construction
Double-insulated construction
Wet Conditions Alert
Do not expose to rain or use in damp locations.
Read The Operator’s Manual
To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand
operator’s manual before using this product.
Eye Protection
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields and,
as necessary, a full face shield when operating this product.
Safety Alert
Precautions that involve your safety.
Electric Shock
Failure to use in dry conditions and to observe safe practices can
result in electric shock.
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SYMBOLS
The following signal words and meanings are intended to explain the levels of risk associated with this product.
SYMBOL
SIGNAL
MEANING
DANGER:
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, will result
in death or serious injury.
WARNING:
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, could result
in death or serious injury.
CAUTION:
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, may result in
minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION:
(Without Safety Alert Symbol) Indicates a situation that may result in property
damage.
SERVICE
Servicing requires extreme care and knowledge and should
be performed only by a qualified service technician. For
service we suggest you return the product to your nearest
AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER for repair. When servicing, use only identical replacement parts.
WARNING:
To avoid serious personal injury, do not attempt to use this
product until you read thoroughly and understand completely the operator’s manual. If you do not understand
the warnings and instructions in the operator’s manual,
do not use this product. Call Homelite customer service
for assistance.
WARNING:
The operation of any power tool can result in foreign objects being thrown into your eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Before beginning power tool operation, always wear safety goggles or safety
glasses with side shields and, when needed, a full face shield. We recommend Wide Vision Safety Mask
for use over eyeglasses or standard safety glasses with side shields. Always use eye protection which is
marked to comply with ANSI Z87.1.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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ELECTRICAL
DOUBLE INSULATION
Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric power
tools, which eliminates the need for the usual threewire grounded power cord. All exposed metal parts are
isolated from the internal metal motor components with
protecting insulation. Double insulated tools do not need
to be grounded.
It is possible to tie the extension cord and power cord in a
knot to prevent them from becoming disconnected during
use. Make the knot as shown in figure 1, then connect the
plug end of the power cord into the receptacle end of the
extension cord. This method can also be used to tie two
extension cords together.
WARNING:
The double insulated system is intended to protect
the user from shock resulting from a break in the tool’s
internal insulation. Observe all normal safety precautions
to avoid electrical shock.
NOTE: Servicing of a product with double insulation requires
extreme care and knowledge of the system and should be
performed only by a qualified service technician. For service,
we suggest you return the product to your nearest authorized
service center for repair. Always use original factory replacement parts when servicing.
Fig. 1
**Ampere rating (on product data plate)
0-2.0
2.1-3.4
Cord Length
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION
This product has a precision-built electric motor. It should
be connected to a power supply that is 120 volts, 60 Hz,
AC only (normal household current). Do not operate this
product on direct current (DC). A substantial voltage drop
will cause a loss of power and the motor will overheat. If
the product does not operate when plugged into an outlet,
double-check the power supply.
3.5-5.0
5.1-7.0
7.1-12.0 12.1-16.0
Wire Size (A.W.G.)
25'
16
16
16
16
14
14
50'
16
16
16
14
14
12
100'
16
16
14
12
10
—
**Used on 12 gauge - 20 amp circuit.
NOTE: AWG = American Wire Gauge
EXTENSION CORDS
See Figure 1.
When using a power tool at a considerable distance from
a power source, be sure to use an extension cord that has
the capacity to handle the current the product will draw. An
undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage, resulting in
overheating and loss of power. Use the chart to determine
the minimum wire size required in an extension cord. Only
round jacketed cords listed by Underwriter’s Laboratories
(UL) should be used.
When working outdoors with a product, use an extension
cord that is designed for outside use. This type of cord is
designated with “WA” on the cord’s jacket.
Before using any extension cord, inspect it for loose or
exposed wires and cut or worn insulation.
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WARNING:
Keep the extension cord clear of the working area.
Position the cord so that it will not get caught on
lumber, tools, or other obstructions while you are working
with a power tool. Failure to do so can result in serious
personal injury.
WARNING:
Check extension cords before each use. If damaged
replace immediately. Never use the product with a
damaged cord since touching the damaged area could
cause electrical shock resulting in serious injury.
FEATURES
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
UT13218
Input ................................. 120 V, 60 Hz, AC only, 12 Amps
No-load Speed ...................................... 3,600 r/min. (RPM)
Cutting Path ............................................................... 18 in.
Height Adjustments ................................... 1-3/4 in. to 4 in.
Wheel Size .................................................................... 7 in.
Weight ........................................................................ 47 lb.
UT13220
Input ................................. 120 V, 60 Hz, AC only, 12 Amps
No-load Speed ...................................... 3,600 r/min. (RPM)
Cutting Path ............................................................... 20 in.
Height Adjustments .................................... 1-1/2 in. to 4 in.
Wheel Size ............................................7 in. front, 8 in. rear
Weight ........................................................................ 60 lb.
CORD
RETAINER
GRASS CATCHER
(MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
LEVER
MOTOR/BLADE
CONTROL ASSEMBLY
SIDE DISCHARGE
DEFLECTOR
MULCHING PLUG
(MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
Fig. 2
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FEATURES
KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER
See Figure 2.
The safe use of this product requires an understanding of
the information on the product and in this operator’s manual
as well as a knowledge of the project you are attempting.
Before use of this product, familiarize yourself with all operating features and safety rules.
MOTOR/BLADE CONTROL ASSEMBLY
The motor/blade control, located on the upper handle of the
mower, engages and disengages the motor and blade.
MULCHING PLUG (MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
Your mower is equipped with a mulching plug that cuts and
recuts the grass for finer clippings.
CORD RETAINER
SIDE DISCHARGE DEFLECTOR
A convenient cord retainer helps keep the extension cord
connection secure during mower operation.
Use the side discharge deflector on your mower when
the grass is too high to mulch or when side discharging is
preferred. The grass clippings produced when using the
side discharge deflector are noticeably larger than those
produced when using the mulching plug.
GRASS CATCHER (MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
The grass catcher prevents grass clippings being strewn
across your lawn as you mow.
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT LEVER
The height adjustment lever provides cutting height
adjustments.
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ASSEMBLY
UNPACKING
This product requires assembly.
 Carefully remove the product and any accessories from
the box. Make sure that all items listed in the packing list
are included.
 Inspect the product carefully to make sure no breakage
or damage occurred during shipping.
 Do not discard the packing material until you have carefully inspected and satisfactorily operated the product.
 If any parts are damaged or missing, please call
1-866-457-5888 for assistance.
PACKING LIST
Mower
Side Discharge Deflector
Mulching Plug (Model UT13220 only)
Grass Catcher (Model UT13220 only)
Operator’s Manual
WARNING:
If any parts are damaged or missing do not operate this
product until the parts are replaced. Failure to heed this
warning so could result in serious personal injury.
WARNING:
Do not attempt to modify this product or create accessories not recommended for use with this product. Any
such alteration or modification is misuse and could result
in a hazardous condition leading to possible serious
personal injury.
WARNING:
Do not connect to power supply until assembly is
complete. Failure to comply could result in accidental
starting and possible serious personal injury.
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ASSEMBLY
HANDLE KNOBS
WARNING:
Never operate the mower without the proper safety
devices in place and working. Never operate the mower
with damaged safety devices. Failure to heed this warning
can result in serious personal injury.
UPPER
HANDLE
ADJUSTING HANDLE
LOWER
HANDLE
See Figure 3.
 Fully loosen the handle knobs on both sides of the
handle.
 Pull up and back on the upper handle to raise the handle
into operating position. Make certain the handles snap
into place securely.
 Tighten the handle knobs on both sides of the handle to
secure.
Fig. 3
INSTALLING SIDE DISCHARGE DEFLECTOR
SIDE
DISCHARGE
DOOR
See Figure 4.
 Lift the side discharge door.
 Align the grooves on the deflector with the pins on the
underside of the door.
 Lower the deflector until the hooks on the mower deck
are secured in the openings in the deflector.
 Release the deflector and door.
PINS
GROOVE
HOOKS
INSTALLING THE MULCHING PLUG
(MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
See Figure 5.
NOTE: When using the mulching plug, do not install either
the side discharge deflector or the grass catcher.
 Lift the rear discharge door.
 Grasp the mulching plug by its handle and tilt at an
approximate 15 degree angle.
 Insert the plug into the rear discharge opening.
 Lower the rear discharge door.
OPENINGS
GROOVE
SIDE DISCHARGE
DEFLECTOR
Fig. 4
MODEL UT13220 ONLY
REAR
DISCHARGE
DOOR
HANDLE
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REAR
DISCHARGE
OPENING
MULCHING
PLUG
Fig. 5
ASSEMBLY
INSTALLING THE GRASS CATCHER
(MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
See Figure 6.
NOTE: When using the grass catcher, do not install either
the side discharge deflector or the mulching plug.
MODEL UT13220 ONLY
 Lift the rear discharge door.
 Lift the grass catcher by its handle and place under the
rear discharge door so that the hooks on the grass catcher
are seated on the door rod.
 Release the rear discharge door. When installed correctly,
the hooks on the grass catcher will extend through the
openings on the rear discharge door.
GRASS CATCHER
HANDLE
HOOKS
REAR
DISCHARGE
DOOR
OPENINGS
SETTING BLADE HEIGHT
See Figure 7.
When shipped, the wheels on the mower are set to a lowcutting position. Before using the mower for the first time,
adjust the cutting position to the height best suited for your
lawn. The average lawn should be between 1-1/2 in. to 2 in.
during cool months and between 2 in. and 3-1/4 in. during
hot months.
DOOR ROD
To set the blade height:
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
LEVER
 To raise the blade height, grasp the height adjustment
lever and move it toward the back of the mower.
 To lower the blade height, grasp the height adjustment
lever and move it toward the front of the mower.
HIGHEST
BLADE SETTING
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Fig. 6
LOWEST
BLADE
SETTING
Fig. 7
OPERATION
WARNING:
Do not allow familiarity with this type of product to make you
careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a second is
sufficient to inflict serious injury.
MOWER
PLUG
CORD
RETAINER
WARNING:
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side
shields when operating this product. Failure to do so could
result in objects being thrown into your eyes, resulting in
possible serious injury.
WARNING:
Do not use any attachments or accessories not recommended by the manufacturer of this product. The use of
attachments or accessories not recommended can result
in serious personal injury.
APPLICATIONS
SWITCH
CONTROL
LEVER
SWITCH
CONTROL
LEVER
LEVER RELEASE
Fig. 8
You may use this product for the purpose listed below:
 Mowing your lawn
STARTING/STOPPING THE MOWER
See Figure 8.
 Attach the outlet end of an extension cord to the plug on
the rear of the mower.
NOTE: Use only an approved outdoor extension cord as
described previously in this manual.
 Make a loop in the extension cord. From the right side,
pass the loop through the hole in the back of cord retainer
and place it around the hook.
� Rotate the lever release counterclockwise and hold to
allow access to the switch control lever.
� Pull the switch control lever toward the mower handle and
let go of the lever release. Continue to hold the switch
control lever against the mower handle as you mow.
� To stop the mower, release the switch control lever.
NOTE: A high-pitched noise and sparking may occur as
the electric motor decelerates. This is normal.
MOWING TIPS

See Figures 9 - 10.
 Make sure the lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wires, and
other objects that could damage the lawn mower blades
or motor. Such objects could be accidentally thrown by
�
the mower in any direction and cause serious personal
injury to the operator and others.
 To reduce the likelihood of disconnecting the lawn mower
from the extension cord, be sure to use the cord retainer
provided.
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Fig. 9
Do not mow in circles. Start from the point closest to the
outlet and travel back and forth across the lawn, moving away from the outlet so the cord remains behind the
mower in the cut portion of the lawn.
Do not allow the extension cord to wrap around trees,
shrubs, or other obstacles. When picking up the extension
cord, wind the cord in a series of equal loops to prevent
it from tangling.
OPERATION
 For a healthy lawn, always cut off one-third or less of the
total length of the grass.
 When cutting heavy grass, reduce walking speed to allow
for more effective cutting and a proper discharge of the
clippings.
 Do not cut wet grass. It will stick to the underside of the
deck and prevent proper mulching of grass clippings.
 New or thick grass may require a narrower cut.
 Clean the underside of the mower deck after each use
to remove grass clippings, leaves, dirt, and any other
accumulated debris.
SLOPE OPERATION
 Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents
that can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes
requires extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do
not mow it. For your safety, do not attempt to mow slopes
greater than 15 degrees.
 Mow across the face of slopes, not up and down. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Fig. 10
MODEL UT13220 ONLY
 Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps
which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide
obstacles. Remove all objects such as rocks, tree limbs,
etc., which could be tripped over or thrown by the
blade.
 Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause
serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your
balance, release the switch control lever immediately.
 Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments;
you could lose your footing or balance.
EMPTYING THE GRASS CATCHER
(MODEL UT13220 ONLY)
See Figure 11.
 Lift the grass catcher by its handle and lift to remove from
mower.
 Empty grass clippings.
 Lift the rear discharge door and reinstall the grass catcher
as described earlier in this manual.
Fig. 11
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MAINTENANCE
WARNING:
WARNING:
When servicing, use only identical replacement parts.
Use of any other parts may create a hazard or cause
product damage.
WARNING:
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side
shields during power tool operation or when blowing
dust. If operation is dusty, also wear a dust mask.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts. Most
plastics are susceptible to damage from various types of
commercial solvents and may be damaged by their use. Use
clean cloths to remove dirt, dust, oil, grease, etc.
WARNING:
Do not at any time let brake fluids, gasoline, petroleumbased products, penetrating oils, etc., come in contact
with plastic parts. Chemicals can damage, weaken, or
destroy plastic which may result in serious personal
injury.
Periodically check all nuts and bolts for proper tightness to
ensure safe operation of the mower.
Remove any buildup of grass and leaves on or around the
motor cover. Wipe the mower clean with a dry cloth occasionally. Do not use water.
Always protect hands by wearing heavy gloves and/or
wrapping the cutting edges of the blade with rags and
other material when performing blade maintenance. Failure to heed this warning could result in serious personal
injury.
WARNING:
Before performing any maintenance, make sure the
mower is unplugged from the power supply. Failure
to heed this warning could result in serious personal
injury.
REPLACING THE CUTTING BLADE
See Figures 12 - 13.
NOTE: Only use identical replacement blades.
 Stop the motor and disconnect the power supply. Allow
the blade to come to a complete stop.
 Turn the mower on its side.
 Wedge a block of wood between the blade and mower
deck to prevent the blade from turning.
 Loosen the blade nut using a 15 mm wrench or socket
(not provided).
 Remove the blade nut, spacer, blade insulator, and
blade.
 Make certain the fan assembly is pushed completely
against the motor shaft.
LUBRICATION
All of the bearings in this product are lubricated with a sufficient amount of high grade lubricant for the life of the unit
under normal operating conditions. Therefore, no further
bearing lubrication is required.
BLADE
At the beginning and end of each mowing season:
 Lubricate the springs on the rear discharge door with light
oil.
 Lubricate the height adjustment lever and related hardware
with light oil.
 Remove the wheels and lubricate the surface of the axle
bolt and the inner surface of the wheel with light oil.
 Remove the blade and blade hub assembly and lubricate
the motor shaft with light oil or engine oil. See Replacing the Cutting Blade for instructions on removing the
blade.
WRENCH
BLOCK OF WOOD
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Fig. 12
MAINTENANCE
 Place the new blade on the shaft against the fan assembly.
Make sure it is installed with the curved ends pointing
up toward the mower deck and not down toward the
ground.
FAN ASSEMBLY
 Replace the blade insulator and spacer, then thread the
blade nut on the shaft and finger tighten.
NOTE: Make certain all parts are replaced in the exact
order in which they were removed.
SHAFT
 Torque the blade nut down using a torque wrench
(not provided) to ensure the bolt is properly tightened.
The recommended torque for the blade nut is 450600 in. lbs.
BLADE
SHARPENING THE BLADE
See Figure 14.
For best mowing performance, the mower blade must be
kept sharp. A dull blade does not cut grass evenly and overloads the motor. Under normal circumstances, sharpening
the blade twice during the mowing season is usually sufficient. However, if your lawn has sandy soil, more frequent
sharpenings may be required.
SPACER
BLADE INSULATOR
BLADE NUT
Fig. 13
 Following the instructions in the Replacing the Cutting
Blade section, remove the mower blade. DO NOT attempt
to sharpen the blade while it is attached to the mower.
WARNING:
When removing, inspect the blade carefully. If blade is
bent or damaged, replace immediately with a new blade.
Failure to replace a bent or damaged blade could cause
an accident resulting in possible serious injury.
 Using a fine-tooth file or stone, sharpen cutting edges
on both ends of the blade, removing equal amounts of
material from both ends.
Fig. 14
BALANCING THE BLADE
See Figure 15.
When sharpening, care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration when the mower is running. This vibration will eventually
cause damage to the mower, especially the motor.
To check the blade balance:
 Clamp a screwdriver horizontally in a vise as shown.
NOTE: If a vise is not available, a straight nail can also
be used.
 Place the center hole of blade on the screwdriver (or nail)
shank.
 If blade is balanced, it will remain in a horizontal position.
If either end of the blade drops downward, sharpen the
heavy side until the blade is balanced.
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Fig. 15
MAINTENANCE
REPLACING WHEELS
See Figure 16.
To replace a wheel:
HUBCAP
 Disconnect the mower from the power supply.
COTTER PIN
� Turn the mower on its side.
 Using a flat blade screwdriver, pry off the hubcap.
 Remove the cotter pin from the wheel axle, then remove
the wheel.
 Replace with new wheel and insert new cotter pin to
secure.
 Replace hubcap.
STORING THE MOWER
WHEEL
See Figure 17.
 Disconnect the mower from the power supply.
WHEEL AXLE
 Turn mower on its side and clean grass clippings that have
accumulated on the underside of the mower deck.
 Wipe the mower clean with a dry cloth.
� Check all nuts, bolts, knobs, screws, fasteners, etc., for
tightness.
� Inspect moving parts for damage, breakage, and wear.
Have repairs made on any damaged or missing parts.
 Store mower indoors in a clean, dry place out of the reach
of children.
 Do not store near corrosive materials such as fertilizer or
rock salt.
To lower the handle before storing:
 Fully loosen the handle knobs on the sides of the handle
and fold the upper handle down.
 Push inward on each side of the lower handle, and lift the
sides of the lower handle past the edges of the handle
mounting brackets.
 Fold the lower handle forward, making sure not to bend
or kink the power cord.
Fig. 16
HANDLE KNOBS
UPPER
HANDLE
LOWER
HANDLE
HANDLE
MOUNTING
BRACKET
Fig. 17
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
Handle not in position.
Possible Cause
Solution
Carriage bolts not seated properly.
Adjust the height of the handle and
make sure the carriage bolts are
seated properly.
Handle knobs not tightened.
Tighten handle knobs.
Extension cord not connected to the
mower plug.
Reconnect the cord and use the cord
retainer to keep the cord close to the
motor/blade control.
Extension cord not connected to
power source.
Connect the extension cord to a live
120V AC, 60 HZ AC receptacle.
Tripped circuit breaker in the house.
Reset house circuit breaker. If it trips
again, call a qualified electrician.
Motor control switch defective.
Have motor control switch replaced
by an authorized service center.
Mower cutting grass unevenly.
Lawn is rough or uneven or cutting
height not set properly.
Move the wheels to a higher position. All wheels must be placed in the
same cutting height for the mower
to cut evenly.
Mower not mulching properly.
Wet grass clippings sticking to the
underside of the deck.
Wait until the grass dries before
mowing.
Mower hard to push.
High grass, rear of mower housing
and blade dragging in heavy grass, or
cutting height too low.
Raise cutting height.
Mower vibrating at higher speed.
Blade is unbalanced.
Balance the blade by grinding each
cutting edge equally.
Bent motor shaft.
Stop the motor, disconnect the
power source, and inspect for damage. Have repaired by an authorized
service center before restarting.
Mower not starting.
CALL US FIRST
For any questions about operating or maintaining your product,
call the Homelite® Help Line!
Your product has been fully tested prior to shipment to ensure
your complete satisfaction.
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EXPLODED VIEW/PARTS LIST
MODEL UT13218
Key
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Part No.
8403-516201
8020-517006
8025-516201
8SJAB40-14B
8020-516207
8PA25-20D
8121-516001
8224-516201
8202-516202
8SACD05-12B
8NG-05B
8440-517001
8121-516002
8006-517001
8224-516202
8403-517001
8087-517002
8342-517002
8231-517001
8181-517002
8321-517006
8207-517001
8SJAD04-12B
8NG-04B
8187-516201
Description
motor vent
motor cover
bolt sleeve
self-tapping screw
7 in wheel cover
cotter pin
7 in right wheel
wheel ferrule
washer
pan head screw
self locking nut
18 in front axle
7 in left wheel
deck
spindle guard
fan
link bar
extension spring
blade
blade insulator
spacer
blade nut
cross screw
lock nut
rubber board backup plate
Qty.
Key
No.
1
1
1
3
4
4
2
4
4
4
12
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
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Part No.
8186-517002
8440-517002
8181-517008SB
8440-517003
8440-517004
8ND-10D
8SBCD10-20D
8321-517009
8SACD05-14B
8313-513701
8206-517001
8001-517002
8000-516002
8331-516201
8007-517001
8001-517001
8087-516001
8020-517003
8020-517002
8342-516202
8CE-05B
8081-516204
8321-517008
8SQDD06-08D
R8WS-10B
Description
clip
18 in rear axle
rear flap
height adjustment bracket left
height adjustment bracket right
flange nut
bolt M10x20
spring board
screw
knob
bolt
lower handle
switch and power cable assy
soft grip (not sold separately)
cord guide
upper handle with soft grip
height adjustment handle
side discharge deflector
side discharge door
compression spring
E-ring
side discharge pin
side discharge bracket
flange bolt
spring pad
Qty.
2
1
1
1
1
4
4
1
4
4
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
4
EXPLODED VIEW/PARTS LIST
MODEL UT13220
Key
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Part No.
R8403-516201
R8020-516212SB
R8025-516201WA
R8SJAB40-14B
R8020-516206
R8PA25-20D
R8121-516103
R8224-516201
R8202-516202
R8SACD05-12B
R8NG-05B
R8440-516201
R8121-516104
R8006-516201
R8342-517002
R8224-516202
R8403-517001WA
R8087-516202
R8231-516201
R8181-517002WA
R8321-517006
R8207-517001
R8121-516101
R8SBCD10-20D
R8ND-10D
R8020-516204SB
R8SJAD04-12B
R8NG-04B
R8187-516201
R8186-517002
R8181-516208SB
Description
motor vent
motor cover
bolt sleeve
self-tapping screw
motor cover
cotter pin
7 in right front wheel
front wheel ferrule
washer
pan head screw
self locking nut
20 in front wheel axle
7 in left front wheel
deck
extension spring
spindle guard
fan
20 in link bar
blade
blade insulator
spacer
blade nut
8 in left rear wheel
bolt M10*20
flange nut
mulching plug
pan head screw
self-locking nut
rubber board backup plate
clip
rear flap
Qty.
1
1
3
3
4
4
1
2
4
4
12
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
4
1
2
2
2
2
1
Key
No.
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
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Part No.
R8440-516101
R8CE-08B
R8020-516216
R8081-516211
R8342-516210
R8440-516202
R8121-516102
R8291-516201
R8313-513701
R8000-516002
R8020-516203SB
R8331-516201
R8007-517001
R8001-516201
R8206-517001
R8020-516202SB
R8087-516101
R8SACD05-14B
R8321-517009
R8224-516201
R8440-516102
R8SQDD06-08D
R8321-517008
R8081-516204
R8CE-05B
R8342-516202
R8NG-06B
R8001-516202
R8102-516202
R8WS-10B
Description
height adjustment bracket left
ring washer
rear discharge door
rear discharge pin
rear compression spring
20 in rear axle assy
8 in right rear wheel
grass catcher frame
knob
switch and power cable assy
side discharge deflector
soft grip (not sold separately)
cord guide
upper handle with soft grip
bolt
side discharge door
height adjustment handle
screw
spring board
rear wheel ferrule
height adjustment bracket right
flange bolt
side discharge bracket
side discharge pin
E-ring
compression spring
self locking nut
lower handle
grass catcher bag
spring pad
Qty.
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
4
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
5
1
1
4
WARRANTY
LIMITED WARRANTY FOR CORDED ELECTRIC MODELS.
This product is manufactured for the Great States Corporation lawn mower company under
license from Homelite Consumer Products, Inc. Great States Corporation, Shelbyville, Indiana,
has been making lawn mowers for over 100 years and it warrants to the original owner that
each new product and service part is free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees
to repair or replace under this warranty any defective product or part from the original date of
purchase for two (2) years except for the conditions and circumstances listed below. Proof of
purchase (original dated sales receipt) must accompany all warranty claims.
THIS WARRANTY IS NOT TRANSFERABLE AND DOES NOT COVER:
 Products sold damaged or incomplete, sold “as is”, sold reconditioned, or used as rental
equipment.
 Delivery, installation, or normal adjustments explained in the operator’s manual.
 Damage or liability caused by shipping, improper handling, improper installation, incorrect
voltage or improper wiring, improper maintenance, improper modification, or the use of
accessories and/or attachments not specifically recommended.
 Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, or the failure to install, operate,
maintain, and store the product according to the instructions in the operator’s manual.
 Damage caused by cold, heat, rain, excessive humidity, corrosive environments and materials,
or other contaminants.
 Expendable items that become worn during normal use.
 Cosmetic defects that do not interfere with tool functionality.
 Freight costs from customer to vendor.
 Repair and transportation costs of products or parts determined not to be defective.
 ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS, DAMAGE, OR EXPENSE THAT
MAY RESULT FROM ANY DEFECT, FAILURE, OR MALFUNCTION OF THE PRODUCT. Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the
above limitations may not apply to you.
 ANY NON-RESIDENTIAL USE OR COMMERCIAL USE VOIDS ALL WARRANTIES.
CALL US FIRST !!
Call us first with questions about operating or maintaining your lawn mower at 1-866-457-5888
between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or send emails to homelite@reelin.com.
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NOTES
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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER
18 in. – UT13218
20 in. – UT13220
SERVICE
For parts or service, contact your nearest Homelite authorized service dealer. Be sure to provide
all relevant information when you call or visit. For the location of the authorized service dealer
nearest you, please call 1-866-457-5888 or visit us online at www.homelite.com.
REPAIR PARTS
The model number of this tool is found on a plate or label attached to the housing. Please
record the serial number in the space provided below.
MODEL NUMBER ___________________
SERIAL NUMBER ___________________
HOMELITE CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC.
1428 Pearman Dairy Road
Anderson, SC 29625
Phone 1-866-457-5888
www.homelite.com
987000-034
8/1/08 ( REV:00)
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